George Vascik, Ph.D.

George Vascik
Associate Professor of History

Affiliate, Department of History

Mosler Hall 580

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Scholarly Interests

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. My research focuses on rural politics in northwest Germany.  I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics, which will appear in Fall 2018.  You can follow this project at  Along with a former student, Mark Sadler, I published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth, also from Bloomsbury Press.  I invite you to visit my profession web page at In my career at Miami, I have taught numerous upper-division courses in European history since 1750. Now entering the latter years of my career, I have decided to focus on the Western Civilization survey. With the new millennium, I became evermore interested in using the Internet to deepen student learning. See my ongoing course blog, Thoughts on Western Civilization.


Ph.D., University of Michigan

M.A., Duke University

B.A., University of Toledo

Courses Recently Taught

HST 121 Western Civilization to 1500

HST 122 Western Civilization since 1500

HST 197 World History to 1500

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Modern Germany
  • Rural History
  • Spatial History
  • Western Civilization

Selected Publications

The Stab-in-the-Back Myth and the Fall of Weimar Germany, Bloomsbury Press, 2016.

"Peasants and Politics: How GIS Offers New Insights into the German Countryside,” The Routledge Handbook of Spatial History, June 2017.

Antisemitism and Rural Politics, Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming 2018.